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Cooperstown, NY
Donald December 8, 2013 at 09:56 pm
As the "Welcome to Cooperstown" sign at the top of Matt's piece suggests, the village hasRead More a lot more to offer than just baseball, as great as that certainly is. There is the Fenimore Art Museum, one of the premier collections and exhibition venues for 19th-century American and Indian art. The Farmers Museum is a living-history site that contains several dozen original structures moved intact to Cooperstown, and also includes a working farm, which is a great place to bring young children. The NY State Historical Association is headquartered in the village, along with its excellent research library of 19th-century Americana; it is also the venue for the Cooperstown Graduate Program, one of the country's leading post-graduate programs in museum studies. Glimmerglass Opera is a leading regional opera, annually attracting world-class performers, as well as reviewers from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival offers a nice complement during the summer opera season. And according to The Wall Street Journal, Brewery Ommegang locally produces and serves three of the top ten beers in the United States; while the Cooperstown Diner grills up the best hamburgers in the country, according to noted author and travel writer Bill Bryson. Of course, Lake Otsego -- "Glimmerglass" of James Fenimore Cooper's novels -- provides the backdrop for some of the most scenic landscapes in the eastern Unites States. So those of you fortunate enough to visit the Hall of Fame should not miss out on the other great things Cooperstown has to offer. I have known many who didn't realize there is anything else there except the Hall, even after visiting the village.
Mike Mussina
BART FRAENKEL December 3, 2013 at 02:45 pm
I agree with your picks for eventual HOF entry, but out of the list I would only vote for Maddux asRead More a first year pick. Frank Thomas is close, but I'd wait a year until he entered. First year entry has become an incredibly rare honor. You should do an article about how many of the all-time greats (the greatest of the great) were not chosen their first year.
Christian Camlin December 4, 2013 at 01:13 pm
Amazing but Biggio with his 3,000 hits, 1844 runs scored,1014 Extra base hits,7 All Star gameRead More picks,414 steals, 5 Silver Slugger Awards and 4 Gold Gloves isn't good enough for the Hall of Fame?The same one that has Nellie Fox& Rabbit Maranville inducted into it?Or his team mate Jeff Bagwell who drove in 1,500 runs & hit well over 400 homers in just 14 seasons?A guy who might have retired with 500 Homers if not for the Baseball strike which interrupted 2 of his best seasons & took 50 games from his MVP season of 1994.Look at the whole ballot.If you can't find 10 names worthy of receiving baseballs greatest Honor you do not know enough about the game to write this Blog.And that is even if I give you a Free pass for your choice to Vote For the Hall of Saints nominees instead of the very best.Martinez, Smith,Raines & Piazza are all worthy players who should get in as well.No wonder we have such a log jam
BART FRAENKEL December 4, 2013 at 05:17 pm
The article is about players who are first time eligible on the 2014 ballot and not about everyRead More player who is eligible this year.
Stan "the Man" Musial
Baseball with Matt (MLB Pro Blogger) October 24, 2013 at 10:09 am
That is awesome Sanford. Stan was the MAN.
Sanford Josephson October 26, 2013 at 07:41 am
Most exciting game I remember as a kid, although Cards lost, was a game with Cincinnati. RedsRead More jumped off to a 7-0 lead; then Wally Moon brought Cards back with a grand slam. Ted Klusewski (sp?) had three home runs, and the Reds won 19-14.
BART FRAENKEL October 26, 2013 at 08:25 am
Good choices, Matt. I would make a special category for Curt Flood, since he wasn't a HOFRead More skills-wise but he did open the door for player free agency.
The 2013 World Series
BART FRAENKEL September 30, 2013 at 07:42 am
Great job Matt. I'm not completely sold on the Braves yet but I can see them advancing pretty farRead More through the playoffs. I just don't see any team having a truly dominant relief corps this year and I think that's really important. Personally, I'm rooting for Detroit. Hopefully the experience they got from last years World Series will help them make it through this year.
Goose being interviewed by Matt Nadel at the Hall of Fame Classic
Margo Schwab July 17, 2013 at 01:01 pm
I remember when Goose was signed... I was at the restaurant Guilio's where he and his agent andRead More friends were celebrating
garby francis leon July 18, 2013 at 01:21 pm
As a die-hard Red Sox fan back when Goose was flying high, I can tell you nothing sank our heartsRead More faster than to see the Goose step to the mound late in a game and take control. He seemed unhittable, and showed no mercy. .... Best to you, Mr. Gossage! And thanks for making baseball even more exciting when you were the best anywhere - !
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William Bergmann July 8, 2013 at 12:46 pm
You seem to have overlooked 1963!
Grumpy Old Man July 8, 2013 at 05:14 pm
You know Jimbo, the 75 Reds were a great team. Best ever? I don't know. I think the '27 YankeesRead More would give them a run for the money on that one! Then again, these comparisons get like which was the greatest, Secretariat or Man O War? After all the comparisons, stats, rosters, and hoopla is over, they are all great and which one is the greatest remains in the eye of the beholder. But yah, those Reds were good.
Baseball with Matt (MLB Pro Blogger) July 8, 2013 at 07:40 pm
Thank you all for the excellent comments. There are some great picks among them. As a Yankee fan,Read More Maz gives me nightmares, by the way. Keep on reading my posts, especially now that Patch allows me to post in many towns. I've got some new stuff in the works , and some old posts too that people may like. And tell your friends about my blog please.